SoundCloud released a redesigned iPhone app on Thursday that emphasizes listening and music discovery instead of recording and uploading.
The change is a small but significant shift for the service, which has long been a hub for both mainstream and indie artists.
The app has been completely redesigned to make navigation and music discovery faster and easier. The revamped user interface relies solely on swipes to navigate around the app and control playback.
"You can control everything with your thumb," the company wrote in a blog post. "Tap anywhere to play and pause. Swipe to skip tracks. Slide along the waveform to explore a track and its artwork."
The new home screen features a stream of popular tracks and audio trending with other users. The app also has a new search section to make finding music and podcasts even easier. And perhaps most importantly,
you no longer need a SoundCloud account to use the app.you no longer need a SoundCloud account to use the app.
In keeping with the listening-centric theme, the update has removed the ability to record and upload audio. For those still interested in recording, SoundCloud has two suggestions: Retronym's Audio Copy app for recording and uploading new tracks and a workaround for users who have previously recorded and saved audio in the app but not posted it.
The redesigned iPhone app is available in the App Store. The iPad app will be getting its own redesign later this year and an Android update is also in the works.